Favorite Cleansers

I have a variety of different cleansers I use depending on what my skin needs. What I use in the morning, what I use at night, what I use when I wear a lot of makeup, and what I use when I am having a hormonal breakout, or a lot of skin irritation. Here is a list of my favorites.

Oil/Balm Cleansers – First Cleanse

I do a double cleanse every morning and night. I use a different one for the morning, and different for the evening.

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Banila Co Clean it Zero- I Love this one from Banila Co. It is definitely a cult favorite for people who are obsessed with Korean skincare. I love how clean it makes my face feel. I use this one on the morning.

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Holika Holika Pig Nose Deep Cleansing oil/balm- I used this one before I used Banila Cos Balm. I really liked it, and it gave me a really nice clean. I don’t usually buy it because I have moved on to the Clean it Zero, but it does clean very well and if you have wanted to try it out I would recommend it.

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Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil- I love this oil. I use it at night to help remove all my make up, and any gunk that’s been accumulating on my face the whole day. Its’ gentle, leaves my skin feeling healthy and fresh, and super squeaky clean.

Foaming Cleansers- Second Cleanse

Just like the first cleanse, I use a different foaming cleanser at night then I do during my morning routine. It all usually depends on the amount of makeup I have worn that day, stress, and if I am having any hormonal breakouts.

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Secret Key Snow White Cleansing Foam-  This has become my favorite morning cleanser. It creates a great lather, cleans very well, and leaves my complexion glowing.

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Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing FoamTHIS IS MY HOLY GRAIL CLEANSER. I don’t know what I did before I tried this, and I hope I never have to be without it. It is such an amazing cleanser. It cleanse so deep down into my pores, leaves my face feeling nice and fresh, and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I use this at night, and sometimes in the morning when I am planning on wearing little to no makeup.

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Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (I also like the Indigo version as well)- I love this cleanser. It is a little fickle, but once you get the hang of it it leaves the most remarkably clean skin. I use this around the time I get hormonal breakouts, it does a good job of not aggravating my skin and keeping those pesky buggers at bay.

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La Mer The Cleansing Gel- I had heard so many amazing things about this I just had to try it out. I have been using it for a short time and I can honestly say it is worth the hype. It is on the expensive side, so I use it on days I wear a full face of makeup, or I feel like I need a ridiculously squeaky clean. If you wanted to splurge on a nice cleanser I would recommend this one. So good!

Lastly are my 2 favorite cleansing tools.

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I’m Dual Pore Brush– I picked this up from Memebox on a whim. Its such a special little brush. It cleans my face and pores very well, and is very gently for my sensitive skin. I use this in the morning.

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Kashoen Cleansing Brush– Oh baby do I love this! Seriously, this is the best facial cleansing tool I have. It cleans my face so well, feels so nice, helps with circulation, and overall is such a pleasure to use. I use this at night, and it is really helpful to create a lather with the Rice Cleanser from Tatcha. ❤

 

Those are my favorite cleansers, and I use a few others but these are my die hard ones I go to.

Haul :: Random Items From Memebox.com

I wanted to buy a few different things from Memebox.com and wanted to add a few extras to bump it up to get free shipping.

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The Goods

  • Innisfree Jeju Volcanic 3 in 1 Nose Pack
  • Innisfree Eco Beauty Tool Ribbon Hair Band *not pictured
  • Innisfree Eco Safety Perfect Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++ 50ml *repurchase
  • I’m Meme I’m Rubycell Puff pack 5
  • Darkness Eyelashes K.Ma5
  • Darkness Eyelashes VN
  • Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack Lovely Peach
  • Nooni Root Energy Cleansing Water Mini (for travel)
  • ETUDE House Tear Drop Liner #01
  • Tosowoong Platinum Miracle Skin Pore Tightening Pack

I had reviewed the pore pack recently and I fell in love, so I wanted to buy a full size! Its so amazing!

That’s my little haul. I love all the things! ❤

Subscription Box Haul :: Beauteque April Box

Beauteque boxes are great of you want to try out some Korean beauty items. I love what came in my April box.

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The Goods

  • Toyoepin 2 in 1 Permanent Crazy Mini Natural False Lash
  • Seatree Air Moisture Mist
  • Baviphat Urban Dollikiss Mango Magic Brightening Mask
  • Somoon Dog Nose Pore strip pack
  • Dr. Morita Moisturizing Essence Eye Mask
  • The Saem Saemmul Easy Eyeliner

A lot of fun stuff.

The eye liner is super pigmented and glides on smooth.

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also super long lasting!

Fun fun stuff!

Review :: Acure Pore Minimizing Facial Scrub

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This is a product I received in a subscription box. I was reading about it and got pretty excited to try. I love clay masks, and facial scrubs!

First Impressions

This is thick and also watery, when I applied it I noticed it didn’t have much exfoliating particles in it. I wanted to leave it on for a few minutes, but the directions say just to scrub. So I started scrubbing…… then it happened.

The Fragrance…. UGH

The fragrance of this is so stinkingly sweet. It smells like rotten mangos. I could barely wash it off fast enough. YUCK! Like I normally do not mind things with fragrance, but this smelled rancid almost.

Overal Impressions

After I washed it off my face did feel very smooth, and it also felt very clean. I can honestly say that the fragrance is unbearable for me though. I normally do not mind fragrances,. but this hit me on a smell level I didn’t know I had. The package says that it is synthetic fragrance free, but that smell is just awful.

To give it a fair review I will make a pros and cons list.

Pros-

  • Does an excellent job at cleaning face
  • Its Vegan, if that is important to you then you should definitely give this product and brand a try
  • Has a lot of really nice ingredients

Cons-

  • Fragrance. Smells like rotting fruit
  • not a lot of exfoliating particles
  • a little watery

Ok, for me this is an F product purely because of the fragrance. But it did a good job at cleansing (not so much at exfoliating though) so I will give it a better grade based on how it performed.

Grade- B-

Mini Haul :: Random Trip to the Mall

I went to the mall to exchange a product at Sephora. I got the Benefit POREfessional primer which I love, but I have to many primers, so I wanted to exchange for something I needed. Another Cleansing oil! I also ran into Neiman Marcus and picked up 2 fun products too!

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The Goods

  • Tatcha Cleansing Oil
  • La Mer Cleansing Gel
  • Guerlain Terracotta Pause d’ete Bronzer

Ok, I wanted to try out La Mers cleanser forever and since I just ran of my cleanser and figured I would give it a go! Also I wasn’t planning on getting this bronzer but I walked past it when I was paying for the cleanser and I was like what is that!!?

LOOK AT THAT!

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here is a swatch

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it has such a lovely warmth and shimmer to it.

So excited to use this! UGH I love Guerlain!

 

Small Haul ::Unboxing La Mer

Ok, so I haven’t used any La Mer products other then their amazing powder in a very long time. I wanted to try out their concealer (I heard it rivals my favorite Cleau de Peau) and I decided to also try out their famous Creme de La Mer.

I ordered online, because they gave me a $75 dollar off coupon for a first time online shopper (HUZZAH), and I also got to choose 2 deluxe samples to try as well. When I got the box in the mail (they offer free shipping which is really nice) I was surprised to see it was all gift wrapped. I am not sure if I choose to say this was gift by accident, or if they do it with any order. ANYWAYS it was fun to open this like a very nice present!

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really beautiful wrapping

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The Creme de La Mer and their concealer

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their boxes are so nice. I am a sucker for packaging

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I got the concealer in shade light, it comes with this nice package that fits into this little leather sleeve. It also comes with a brush.

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And the Creme de La Mer and its little spatula. The jar is a nice heavy ceramic, and I also love the box it came in.

I decided to get the original version of the creme rather then the gel or soft creme. I like a heavier moisturizer at night. Also I have used the concealer 2 and OMG its amazing. I think it might be better then my Clea de Peau. Its alittle drier then my CdP concealer but I didn’t need to bake it, and I had NO creases all day! So love love LOVE!!!!

I have only used the creme the last 2 nevening so I don’t want to say anything until I have used it for a few weeks to get a good feel for the product, so expect a review soon!

I hoped you enjoyed this unboxing. If you have any questions or if you have any experiences with these products let me know! ❤

Review :: My Serum Treatment Empties

I just finished up 3 different serums, so I wanted to share with you my thoughts, results, and if I would buy again.

Shiseido ULTIMUNE Power Infusing Concentrate

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This is supposed to have anti-aging and regenerative properties. You are also supposed to use this first to help your other serums work better.

I got 2 deluxe samples of this and just finished my second bottle. Overall it lasted me a month. I can definitely say that my skin felt smoother and felt healthier, but I didn’t see any difference when I used this. I am going to buy the 1 ounce bottle since I believe that would last me 2-3 months to really see how well this product works. I also really like the fresh light fragrance of it.

Grade – B

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum® Vitamin C Collagen Booster

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Brightening serum rich in vitamin c. Supposed to help with fine lines, wrinkles, brighten your skin and boost collagen.

Ok, I have a love hate relationship with this product. I see almost instant results. (especially the next morning because I only use this at night) My skin feels firmer, healthier, and my fine lines started to disappear. PROBLEM is, like most Vitamin C products it really irritates my face. When I apply it my face gets beet red and can feel a little burny. But the results are so dang good! So I only use this at night. I already bought a replacement, because well, the stuff works. But if you have sensitive skin to be careful. This stuff may aggravate it.

Grade – B+

RADICAL Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum

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This is an anti aging, and high in antioxidant serum.

I got this as a deluxe sample, and was able to use it for over a month. I can honestly say I saw absolutely no change. No bad reactions, no results of any kind. This formula did nothing for my skin. I will not be purchasing this. I am not saying if this is good or bad it just did nothing or me.

Grade – C

 

Those are my empties this go around!

Top 3 Essential Beauty Tools

I always talk about makeup and skincare must haves, but sometimes skip the tools. Here are 3 tools that I can’t live without. These are tools I love and swear by!

Mason Pearson Hairbrush

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Nothing works for my hair like these Mason Pearson Hairbrushes. The mixture of boar bristles and nylon make this brush preform spectacularly. It makes my hair look nice and healthy, detangles without much resistance, and if you have frizzy hair just brush your hair with this to reduce frizz (great for when it is super humid where I am at). I have been using these almost all my life, and although they are expensive, they are well worth the splurge! They are an investment!

Beauty Blender

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I think if you have never used a real beauty blender before you may wonder what all the hype is. I mean it is just a sponge. But I don’t know what it is about this little sponge but it is a miracle worker. I use it everyday! Make my foundation flawless, and blends my contour and concealer beautifully.

Nice Large Fluffy Powder Brush

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I think when it comes to makeup brushes you can never have enough. I have dozens of brushes, some are higher end, others are budget. When it comes to brushes I recommend getting a nice large fluffy powder brush that is the nicest quality you can get. I get so much use out of my giant fluffy powder brush. Favorites are Sigma F30 (pictured), and  MAC 134. Must have in my opinion. I use mine for bronzer, finishing powder, and sometimes blush.

 

 

Top 3 Essentials for my Sensitive Skin

I know I have stated before that I have combo skin on the sensitive side. And since I am constantly trying out new products my skin gets irritated easily. I have a few products I use that are amazing for soothing my skin during times of irritation, or breakouts. Some of these I have mentioned before, and others I haven’t!

Nature Republic Soothing Aloe Gel

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I keep bringing this up and for good reason. This little jar of goop is AMAZING! It softens the skin without being sticky (it absorbs super fast),  smells nice and refreshing, and soothes any irrupted skin I have. If I use a product that causes burning, irritation, redness or swelling (yes swelling) I wash my face gently and lather this on. My skin feels super refreshed and the redness and irritation disappear. It’s a miracle worker!

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner

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I don’t know if this works for other people but it works amazing for me. If I try a new mask, or treatment and I notice it hurts, burns, and gets irritated  want to clean it all off (before I add the aloe gel) I usually use a foaming cleanser and then I use this toner all over my face, It always feels really nice, and it cleans off the oppressive product without irritating it more.  use this almost everyday as a toner (I am using the SK-II Facial Cleansing Lotion as well) but this is a favorite of mine for my sensitive skin.

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream

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This is another product I talk about all the time. I mean I adore Tatcha as a whole. Their brand is amazing, but this is the product that really made me fall in love. I use this every night as my night cream (sometimes as a moisturizer, sometimes a bit after, after my moisturizer has absorbed). This soothes my skin, leaves it feeling hydrated, plump, and looking amazing. Even after my skin is red, swollen and irritated this calms it right down and feels like a dream. I have tried to see if there was anything comparable because I use this so much, and it isn’t the cheapest cream in the world. But I just haven’t found anything like it. I just love this!

 

I use these 3 religiously and swear by them. If you want to know the others feel free to ask in the comments

Haul :: Sephora April VIB Sale

I usually do 2 major orders for makeup and skincare a year, and they coincide with Sephora’s VIB sales (20% in November 15% in April). This year was a little tame for me since I bought a lot of products from other websites and stores (Neiman Marcus, Ulta, Saks, and various websites for my Korean and Japanese skincare and makeup items).

For the pictures I only have most of the items, not all. Because for some reason Sephora decided to ship my items in 3 different shipments (they have NEVER done that before so strange).

Here we go!!!!!

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The Goods

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  • SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion
  • SK-II Facial Essence Treatment- I got the new limited edition bottle, so pretty!
  • Chosungah 22 Dual Lip Tint & Gloss in Cashmere (I did a review earlier)
  • Chosungah 22 Dual Lip Tint & Gloss in Velvet
  • Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist – I bought the travel size previously and FELL IN LOVE so I got a full size too!
  • Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream
  • Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35
  • Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
  • Touch in Sol Style Neon Super Proof Gel Liner in Burning Sunset
  • Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette in Color 3

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  • Hakuho-do + SEPHORA PRO Wedge Sloping Powder Brush (Kusabi)
  • Hakuho-do + SEPHORA PRO Large Teardrop Pointed Powder Brush (Otsubu)
  • Hakuho-do + SEPHORA PRO Fan Cheek Brush (Ougi)Lancome Miracle CC Cushion – Color Correcting Primer in Purple
  • Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer
  • Sephora Collection Solid Clean: Solid Brush Cleaner

I have a picture of the first 2 brushes, and the YSL palette.

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The boxes are really nice

I have wanted to try Hakuho-do brushes, and I have been intrigued by these for awhile. I am not expecting the works of a real Hakuho-do, but I like that they partnered with Sephora for these brushes, and guess what… they are SYNTHETIC! I had mixed feelings about that but I read and watched some reviews so I figured I would buy a few.

Also it was buy one get one free! They are limited edition so if anyone is interested I would go grab one or two before they are gone!

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Sloping Powder

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Large Teardrop Brush

And this amazing YSL Palette!

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I really love that range of colors. Its really flattering for my brown eyes!

I also tried the Lancome cushion primer in the store, I was super impressed. I am looking forward to using that as well!

Anyway super duper excited for these! ❤